Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Hampshire
Helping Victims of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice happens more often than many people think. The consequences can be devastating when a doctor or healthcare provider mishandles your care or makes a mistake. It can cause serious injury or even death.
According to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients suffer some type of preventable harm while in the hospital that leads to their death. Our medical malpractice attorneys in New Hampshire understand the realm of medicine and can help if you’ve been a victim of negligence. At Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C., we’re committed to fighting for our clients’ right to compensation for their sustained injuries.
Why You Need a Lawyer
The insurance companies representing hospitals and doctors have teams of people working for them to try to pay the lowest amount for your claim. Don’t be at the mercy of the insurance companies. Many people ask, “Do I need a lawyer?” You want someone with experience and a proven track record.
Medical malpractice cases in New Hampshire are complicated so you need a law firm that understands the facts of medicine. You want someone with experience and a proven track record. Our lawyers include a former state Supreme Court and Superior Court Judge. He actually wrote the New Hampshire Evidence Manual, which is used by judges and lawyers across the state regarding evidence in a court case.
Our Medical Malpractice Services
A New Hampshire medical malpractice attorney needs to investigate the facts of your accident and put together the best legal strategy to maximize your recovery. This may involve interviewing witnesses, consulting medical experts, or preserving other helpful evidence.
Our services cover many legal areas, including:
- Emergency room errors
- Medication errors
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors
- Diagnosis errors
- Anesthesia errors
You need a New Hampshire medical malpractice lawyer who knows how to aggressively handle an insurance company and medical malpractice claims.
How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Since medical malpractice injuries are not always discovered right away, the statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice claim works differently than other personal injury claims. Victims of medical malpractice have three years from the date you were injured or in some cases, the date you discovered your injury to file a claim. If you are unable to file your claim within this time limit you may lose your right to compensation. It's important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that important deadlines are met.
Call our New Hampshire medical malpractice lawyers to represent you at (603) 288-1403.
Q:Does a bad result mean it is malpractice?
A:No. There are no absolute guarantees regarding medical procedure outcomes. Some results may be unavoidable or unexpected meaning that a “bad result” may not be due to medical malpractice. A New Hampshire medical malpractice claim requires that the healthcare professional must have been negligent in treating the patient. To determine if a medical professional was negligent and caused the patient’s injury, the patient must be able to establish certain elements to the court.
Q:Do I have a New Hampshire medical malpractice claim?
A:To be successful in a medical malpractice in New Hampshire, your lawyer must prove that a doctor or other medical provider failed to act in accordance with the standard of professional care expected of that provider and the injury was suffered as a result of the medical malpractice. In action for medical malpractice, an expert witness, usually a doctor, is required to establish the standard of care and the injury was a result of the medical malpractice.
Q:Can I get my medical records?
A:Yes. Under New Hampshire law you are entitled to get complete copies of your medical records. The medical provider is entitled to charge for photocopying costs.
Q:Is there a charge to review my claim?
A:No. The attorneys at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. will provide a free evaluation.
Q:Are medical malpractice cases expensive to bring?
A:The insurance companies for doctors, nurses, other hospital staff members or, other healthcare workers vigorously contest medical malpractice claims. Bringing a medical malpractice claim also requires retaining experts, usually a doctor, to establish the industry standard of care for treatment to patients and that the injury was a result of medical malpractice, which is very expensive. This is why you need to hire an experienced lawyer with the resources to devote the time and expenses to your case.
Q:How will my medical malpractice lawyer get paid?
A:Typically, victims of medical malpractice are represented on a contingency fee arrangement, which means the attorneys only get paid from any settlement, recovery, or verdict in your case.